“It is not the number of goals that are most important,
but how I made them.”
So what do we have to offer in Sweden that starts with letter Z – not much .. we have coffee, that I made a post about last years challenge, Zoega. I wrote about a super star for letter I – Ingemar Stenmark– but now it will be about a Mega Star or a Nova. He have more footboll/soccer stripes in his locker than I have knickers in my draw. I will call him a football player in this post, because that is what he are to us here in Europe. When I decided to go for Zlatan – didn’t I know much about him than that he was a football player, born in Malmö and that he had played for many big clubs. So little I did knew about probably the biggest star we ever had in sports. And I’m not at all a sports fan, but this guy is bigger than David Beckham, at least when it comes to the money he has cost every club.
I never watch football/soccer, but I can’t get away from him … he are always there in my face – magazines, TV, radio …. press. Just now has he been banned from playing, because he got 3 yellow cards in 10 matches, but back on the pitch for some matches now. He is a rough and naughty 192 cm (6 ‘ 3”) tall MEGA star on the pitch, but he make some goals. Zlatan Ibrahimović the highest paid Italian player ever – and he are Swedish. Zlatan transfer from Inter to Barcelona July, 2009 and then became the third most expensive to date of all time (69 million €) – He is up to today the second most expensive football player in the world all times after, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Zlatan was born, October 1981 and grew up in Rosengård in Malmö. His father is Bosnian and mother is Croatian. After her parents’ divorce when he was a kid, he grew up with his mother in Rosengård, but later lived with his father. He grew up in humble circumstances, and has also described the lack of prepared meals at the home of his father and fights within the family.
On the gravel road at Cronmans began when young Zlatan play football. He received his first football when he was five and started playing in Malmö BI,1988. He also practiced Taekwondo for 14-17-years old in Malmö club “Enighet” and a black belt. Finishing school and gone most of the football high school, interrupted Zlatan his studies to concentrate solely on football.
Zlatan made A-team debut for Malmö FF in 1999 and began in earnest attention for his play in Malmö FF in Allsvenskan 1999th The first goal came in the headlines October, 1999 at MFF beat Frölunda 2-1. Malmö went out of the Champions League in 1999 and the next season in the Premier League, he made 12 goals. Zlatan played for Malmö FF the preliminary rounds of the Champions League 2001.
July 2001 was he made professionals in the Dutch team Ajax. Malmö FF was € 9.67 million him, the highest total for a Swedish Premier Division players so far. Initially he received very little playing time in Ajax when the coach was stacked and the . new coach took over and gave him a regular place in Ajax who came to win the Dutch league and cup season 2001/2002 & 2004/2005 season before moving to Italy. In his closing match against NAC Breda, he made a goal that was chosen for this year’s goal of “Eurosport” viewers.
On 31 August 2004, he was ready to play for the Italian club Juventus. The transfer fee was € 19 million. In Juventus, he took a regular place after the understudy to have scored in Serie A premiere against Brescia. In his debut season in Italy, he made 16 goals in 35 matches in the league and was named player of the year at Juventus, and this year’s foreign players in Class A. August 2006 bought Inter Zlatan for € 24.8 million In the series debut for Inter he scored against Fiorentina. During the 2006/2007 season, he became Italian champion Inter won with Inter’s internal scorer on 15 goals.
On 25 October 2008 it was reported that he extended his contract with Inter until 2013. According to a Swedish newspaper, when his annual salary was increased from €12.3 million to € 14.07 million. That made him one out of two, the world’s highest paid footballer. 2008/2009 season Inter won the league for the third year in a row and goal wise it became the best-ever season for him. In Europe, it was less good for Inter who went out in the eighth finals of the Champions League against Manchester United. After the loss he made statements that he would leave Italy for games in Spain and thus have a greater chance of winning the tournament. The statements resulted in speculation he would leave Inter for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
In July 2009, negotiations between Inter and Barcelona started. The clubs reached an agreement that Barcelona would buy Zlatan for 46 million euros, his buyout clause was added to 250 million. The transaction was completed July the same year and Zlatan was presented as new acquisitions for Barcelona before about 70,000 fans at their Camp Nou stadium. He pulled on a fractured left hand in July, which meant that he was forced to surgery and missed part of Barcelona’s pre-season. August in 2010, Zlatan helped Barcelona to win the Spanish Super Cup against Sevilla. This was the fifth and last title for him to Barcelona, at least for the sejouren. He won the Spanish Super Cup twice (2009 and 2010), the UEFA Super Cup once (2009), La Liga once (2010), and the FIFA Club World Cup once (2009).
Saturday, August 28, 2010 singed Zlatan up with AC Milan. The contract was loaned Zlatan out of Barcelona to Milan during the 2010/11 season, with the option to buy the 24 million at the end of the season. At the Italian football gala in January 2012 he received the award as player of Italy 2011, he became the first player in Italy to get the price three times.
July 18, 2012 Zlatan went through a compulsory medical examination and was presented as a new recruit of the Paris Saint-Germain in a press conference. Zlatan’s shirt number was not clear at that time, in January 2013 got his favorite number 10.
Zlatan made his debut for the Swedish national team in 2001. In the 56th International, he for the first time wearing the captain armband, after Captain Henrik Larsson has postponed the match after injury.
Little Zlatan history off the pitch;
In May 2003, Zlatan got his first name trademarked by PRV, citing that “the name Ibrahimovic is likely to be perceived as another artist’s name, namely Zlatan Ibrahimović”. This meant that he had exclusive rights to the name Zlatan, for certain products, including sporting goods, clothing and shoes.
In autumn 2007 funded he along with Nike renovation the football field as he played when he was a child. It was named Zlatan Court. Plastic mat on the pitch is made of recycled football and pitch lighting.
Towards the end of the 2000s was Zlatan in Swedish media the most publicized sports person.
“Jag är Zlatan Ibrahimović (I am Zlatan Ibrahimović)” – is a biography written by David Lagercrantz and himself. It was published in 2011 and became a best seller straight away.
Zlatan and his partner, Helena, have two sons and their main home is a beautiful shore side villa outside Malmö, but now up for sale. The rest of his family by the parents Šefik and Jurka and a full sibling to big sister Sanela and four half-siblings. The surname Ibrahimović from his father Sefiks side and is Muslim (of Arab إبراهيم, Ibrahim). Zlatan, however has catholic believes.
During his time with Barcelona, coach Pep Guardiola and Zlatan never saw eye to eye at Barcelona. At one of their arguments Zlatan told him: “You bought a Ferrari, but you drive me like a Fait”. There was even rumors that Zlatan was going to beat up his coach.
So today David Beckham and Zlatan Ibrahimović are team mates playing for Paris Saint-Germain, just wonder if Posh and Helena will be mates too – I doubt it very much, but what I understand are they is the same league too.
After doing this post it looks like I saved the best thing to last. *smile It’s a perfect finale of this years challenge, thank you so much for following the journey and next year there will be a new one.
I chosen this cloud, because it’s one of my favourite dance track, but also because Zlatan must had 10.000 feet in the air, by now.
Bosson (born Staffan Olsson, 1969 in Gothenburg) is a Swedish singer-songwriter. His big break as a solo artist came when composing and performing the song “One in a Million” from the album One in a Million which became a Top 10 hit in Europe and Asia in 2000 and 2001. The song was part of the soundtrack for the movie “Miss Congenialiy”. He wrote it to his then girlfriend Jessica, Miss Sweden 1998. The song became a Golden Globe nomination for best original song in the movie 2001. He served as an opening act for Britney Spears during her tour in 2000, and has toured with Kylie Minogue. He has also written songs for Amy Grant. “10.000 feet” was released in 2012.
Photos provided by and thanks to:
Gallery 1; nyheter24.se/mff.se/svenskafans.com/justzlatan.com/
Gallery 2; veengle.com/imgur.com/eurosport.se4/bbc.co.uk/fanpop.com/
Gallery 3; guardian.co.uk/boxerdergisi.tv/nyheter24.se/goal.com
Gallery 4; hd.se/flixya.com/fotbollsoraklet.se/frmtr.com/
Gallery 5; bloggen.be/fifa.com/sports.ru/ce.cn/
Gallery 6; goal.com/24mg.com/svenskafans.com/pusha.se/sport24.com
Gallery 7; mirrow.co.uk/dagbladet.se/nt.se/expressen.se/
Gallery 8; sportsmarketing.hu/newshopper.sulekha.com/dn.se
Gallery 9; expressen.se/aftonbaldet.se/posh24.com/fijen.se
Featured image: svenskaspel.se – Bosson: last.fm